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Did Jonathan just say Nigeria isn't poor?

14 May 2014, 10:37 Peregrino Brimah

Sometimes I wonder whether it is just me, or there is simply something about this Jonathan. Something empty, shallow, sinister and very dark. When I look at him, I think of God, the Bible, Quran, Lucifer, the battles of the prophets and messiah’s—the lion’s den, the well, the cave, the cross. I see real hardish: Snake, serpent; demons and the power and reality of guardian angels.

Perhaps I should stop reading his speeches so I do not lose my mind. Perhaps I should just give up on Nigeria revolting, to get rid of the most worthless who are at the helm. Perhaps this is the way of things. Perhaps death, terror, pain, poverty and sorrow upon sorrow are simply the destiny of my people. I see bondage, torture, exasperation, orphandom. This time, I will not translate or expatiate. I present to you reader, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, uncut. You decide:

“Nigeria is not a poor country. Nigerians are the most travelled people. There is no country you go that you will not see Nigerians. The GDP of Nigeria is over half a trillion dollars and the economy is growing at close to 7 per cent.

“Aliko Dangote was recently classified among the 25 richest people in the World."

“I visited Kenya recently on a state visit and there was a programme for Nigerian and Kenyan business men to interact and the number of private jets that landed in Nairobi that day was a subject of discussion in Kenyan media for over a week."

“If you talk about ownership of private jets, Nigeria will be among the first 10 countries, yet they are saying that Nigeria is among the five poorest countries."

“Some of you will experience that there is an amount of money you will give to a Nigerian who needs help and will not even regard it and thank you but if you travel to other countries and give such an amount, the person will celebrate."

“But the World Bank statistics shows that Nigeria is among the five poorest countries. Our problem is not poverty, our problem is redistribution of wealth.”

- Culled from Vanguard, “Nigeria is not a poor nation, says Jonathan”, May 1st, 2014

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